While Bigfoot sightings are usually confined to the isolated forests of the Pacific Northwest, the creature of lore has apparently been sighted in Glen Cove in the historic Garvies Point Preserve.
Residents living nearby the Garvies Point Preserve in Glen Cove, which overlooks Hempstead Harbor and Long Island Sound, have recently reported sightings of a tall, hairy creature roaming through the woods. Physical evidence in the form of footprints and over-sized droppings have also been found, and residents near the preserve have reported strange animal noises.
Last month, Jim Coniglione of Scoopy-Doo Investigations (SDI), which specializes in paranormal activity and the supernatural, had a close encounter with the creature while conducting field research at the preserve.
“It was about seven and a half to eight feet tall,” Coniglione said. “But it was expert at camouflaging itself among the trees, even during the winter when the leaves were down. Sometimes all we could see was a pair of red eyes, staring at us from the bushes.”
Coniglione was accompanied in his research by an SDI associate, Michael Corwin, (also known as “The Corwinator”), who verified his partner’s claim.
“At times we were maybe only 50 yards away” said Corwin. “To be that close to something prehistoric—a missing link, as it were—it’s something I’ll never forget.”
Coniglione and Corwin tracked the creature through the preserve at night for more than an hour, at times communicating with it through a “yeti trumpet” devised by Corwin, until the animal displayed signs of aggressiveness, and they prudently retreated to the parking lot.
Coniglione was originally called in to check out a report of a bigfoot-like animal rummaging through a resident’s garbage in her backyard near the preserve. When he arrived, the animal had already vanished, but left behind a substantial fecal deposit, which Coniglione observed “didn’t come from a canine.”
Coniglione is also the owner of Scoopy-Doo Pet Waste Removal, the largest poop-scooping business on Long Island, and his familiarity with the subject led him to speculate that the stool sample came from a large two-legged mammal. Further lab tests determined that the sample was neither human nor related to any known indigenous species.
“More and more, we were drawn to only one possible conclusion,” he said.
Often the stuff of legend, Sasquatch sightings are becoming more and more prevalent. Earlier this week, there was an alleged Bigfoot sighting in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Still, the sighting of a Bigfoot on Long Island has to be considered an anomaly. While there are many wooded areas on the island, particularly on the North Shore and in eastern Suffolk, these are relatively small in size and lie close to residential areas. The possibility that a large animal could exist in a preserve the size of Garvies Point (only 62 acres) without detection seems highly remote.
“Unless he’s a swimmer,” points out Coniglione. “You have the harbor right here, which means he could swim back and forth from Sands Point in Port Washington, or even out to Rye or Connecticut.”
Coniglione posited that the unique features of Garvies Point could increase the likelihood of a Bigfoot.
“There were a lot of factories built along Glen Cove Creek, and the contaminated waste may have leached into the surrounding shoreline,” he said. “If this creature or its ancestors were drinking out of the pond water, there’s a definite chance of mutation.”
Before colonial times, the Glen Cove area was home to the Shinnecock Indians. The possibility that Garvies Point sits on Native-American burial grounds lends the Bigfoot theory a supernatural angle. Coniglione feels that the confluence of all these factors is difficult to ignore.
“When you add it all up,” he said, “it’s hard to be skeptical.”
Scoopy-Doo Paranormal Investigations operates out of offices in Locust Valley. If you wish to report a paranormal experience or receive more information about their unique services, SDI can be reached at 516-353-1073.
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